Day 11: Santiago de Cuba

//Day 11: Santiago de Cuba

Day 11: Santiago de Cuba

After breakfast, there is a full exploration of the city that has been of crucial importance throughout Cuba’s history. Visit Moncada Barracks, the location for what many describe as the start of the Revolution with Fidel Castro’s attack on the barracks on 26th July 1953. Explore the centre and visit the square called Parque Cespedes, surrounded by historic buildings, including the Ayuntamiento, where Fidel Castro gave his victory speech when the revolution was won in January 1959.

Also visit Calle Heredia is one of the city’s liveliest streets, Padre Pico Street, made famous by the intense games of draughts played by the locals, and the Museum ‘Lucha Clandestina’, situated in the 17th Century Tivoli district. The Museum depicts the revolutionary underground movement headed by Fidel Castro, who lived as a youth across the street from the museum.

You will also have the chance to visit to the Santa Ifigenia Cemetery a most important site in Cuba and the final resting place of Fidel Castro, one of the world’s most recognised leaders. His simple, but powerful mausoleum is constantly guarded and there will be a chance to stay for the impressive changing of the guard ceremony. The Cemetery also contains the final resting place of Cuba’s national hero Jose Marti, as well as a number of other important revolutionary and historical figures including the Bacardi family.

Visit the Castillo del Morro, a historical fortress offering fantastic views across the Caribbean Sea and the impressive Sierra Maestra mountains and enjoy a traditional Cuban lunch at a restaurant next to the fortress offering stunning views of the coastal scenery.

Dinner will be served in the hotel and the remainder of the evening will be free to relax at the hotel, wander through the centre of Santiago De Cuba or you could go independently to a local music club such as the Casa De La Trova.